YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) – This week, Yolo County supervisors approved the plan that removes tents and tarpaulins left homeless on county property.
But, the decision may go against a federal law that protects the rights of the homeless.
Cleta Jones, 65, is disabled and homeless. Sleep in the shelter at night, but like many during the day, it is a different story.
"You have to have a place to go out of the public eye," said another woman.
Woodland has the largest number of homeless people in the county, with 238 people living on the streets. There are 192 homeless people in West Sacramento and 190 in Davis. Some suffer from mental illness, addiction and loss of employment.
"I have income, but it is difficult to have them anywhere when you have income," Jones said.
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Many are in front of the old courthouse, but the community has had enough.
"They have reported on numerous occasions, vicious dogs, aggressive and confrontational people," said County Supervisor Gary Sandy.
The police are worried about criminal activity inside the tents. That's why supervisors passed an ordinance to regulate tents and other similar structures such as tarps on county property.
Supervisor Jim Provence was the only dissenting vote.
"It is a way to avoid the law, an attempt to avoid the law," Provence said.
Provence says it is a violation of what is known as the "Boise Law," which says it cannot move homeless people unless they have a shelter to go to.
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"No, I'm not particularly worried about the lawsuits at all. I think this is a constitutional law," said Sandy.
He says that county law moves property, not people. Includes 24-hour advance notice, where social services are offered, and free 90-day storage for your belongings.
Provence wonders how it will take place in court and questions the decision before the construction of a third shelter on the outskirts of the city.
This week, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved a similar ordinance, prohibiting camping along levees, cemeteries, sidewalks and other places.
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